Originally Posted by 169stang
Get a 7.3L. I just traded in my 97 with 200K miles. Best motor Ford ever had in a diesel truck.......and it was made by International for them. The last year they put them in Ford trucks was 2003 1/2. The only electric is in the Glow plug system, starter, cam position sensor, alternator.
Not quite. The injection housing is electronically controlled. Basically they were the first trucks to have throttle by wire systems.
It was the best diesel Ford ever had and made by International but was extremely underpowered from the factory. If I remember correctly the IDI wasn't designed for the F-series while the PSD was.
I've had iffy experiences with PSDs. Some family friends have a 99 Excursion and a 99 F350, both with about 275K miles on them which they bought new. Each one has gone through 3 transmissions (they don't pull with them) and the Excursion has fried 2 ECMs which caused the glow plugs not to ignite, stranding them in New Mexico last winter. Not to mention they only get about 13 mpg with them.
Why exactly are you looking for a mechanically controlled truck?